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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Around the World?

Okay, so the FedEx package still isn't here yet, but it's been to Portland 4 times now, with a stop in Toledo each time. For those of you who are wondering the two cities are 3,150 kms (1958 mi) apart*. So thus far, our package has traveled the following:

Atlanta -> Portland 3,492 kms (2170 mi)
Portland -> Toledo 3,150 kms (1958 mi)
Toledo -> Portland 3,150 kms (1958 mi)
Portland -> Toledo 3,150 kms (1958 mi)
Toledo -> Portland 3,150 kms (1958 mi)
Portland -> Toledo 3,150 kms (1958 mi)
Toledo -> Portland 3,150 kms (1958 mi)

Or a total of: 22,392 kms (13918 mi) as the crow flies, while the distance between the origin and the eventual [fingers crossed] deliverly point is only 3,592 kms (2232 mi).

The package has travelled 6.2 times farther than it needed to. It has also travelled more than HALF WAY around the earth, given that the circumference of the earth at the equator is 40,075.16 kms (24,901.55 mi). For anyone who's really curious, it's thus far travelled the equivalent of ~55.86% of the earth's circumference. CRAZY.

Oh, and it's now taken over a month to get here...

* according to http://www.geobytes.com/CityDistanceTool.htm

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Thursday, February 07, 2008

Toledo, OH

For those of you playing along at home, the winner is Toledo, OH. Although apparently it is now en-route to Richmond... anyone actually want to bet against Portland?

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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Geometric patterns...

Anyone want to guess what comes next in this pattern?

????????
Feb 5, 2008 9:56 AM, Departed FedEx location, PORTLAND, OR
Feb 4, 2008 9:01 PM, Arrived at FedEx location, PORTLAND, OR
Jan 31, 2008 7:57 AM, Departed FedEx location, TOLEDO, OH
Jan 30, 2008 3:55 PM, Arrived at FedEx location, TOLEDO, OH
Jan 26, 2008 9:19 AM, Departed FedEx location, PORTLAND, OR
Jan 25, 2008 4:52 PM, Arrived at FedEx location, PORTLAND, OR
Jan 23, 2008 8:04 AM, Departed FedEx location, TOLEDO, OH
Jan 22, 2008 9:23 PM, Arrived at FedEx location, TOLEDO, OH
Jan 20, 2008 11:45 PM, In transit, GROVE CITY, OH
Jan 19, 2008 2:32 AM, Departed FedEx location, PORTLAND, OR
Jan 18, 2008 5:37 AM, Arrived at FedEx location, PORTLAND, OR
Jan 16, 2008 6:52 AM, Departed FedEx location, LENEXA, KS,
5:33 AM, Arrived at FedEx location, LENEXA, KS
Jan 15, 2008 6:42 AM, Arrived at FedEx location, ELLENWOOD, GA
Jan 14, 2008 4:17 PM, Package data transmitted to FedEx, ATLANTA, GA


That's right, I've got a package that's been enjoying the scenery between Portland and Toledo... Apparantly there was some sort of scanning error... we'll see where it ends up next, who knows it might even come and visit me...

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